#1 – Understand how your Space Functions!

We’re here! The #1 reason WHY YOU NEED TO JOIN US IN CLASS! And FUNCTION trumps them all!  I know that sounds a little boring – but it’s actually a lot of fun!  Our INTERIOR DESIGN CLASSES starting 9th of May are going to prove it and…

TICKET SALES CLOSE THIS SUNDAY!!

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Catering to everyone!  (Image Source:  VTwonen)

 “This takes time and you know your home and family better than anyone!  “

This is one of my favourite stages in design – taking a step back and watching how a room FUNCTIONS.  Design is about far more than just your personal style or the latest trends. Great design is about making the users of the space HAPPY & INSPIRED!  For example, a living space can serve an amazing diversity of functions –

  • kids playroom zone,
  • mum’s office zone,
  • pet’s snoozing zone,
  • dad’s bring my work home zone,
  • artist’s studio,
  • hang my coat and take off my shoes zone,
  • reading nook in the sun zone … and the list goes on.

In both of our Courses PART1 – “DESIGN LIKE A PRO” and PART 2 – “STYLE LIKE A DIVA”, we’ll be selecting a room and analysing how the space works for all members of the family.  This takes time and you know your home and family better than anyone!  

By the end of the Course you’ll have created a design for your room that caters to everyone … including the dog!

SO FUNCTION REALLY IS A LOT COOLER THAN IT SOUNDS!

Learn all about our INTERIOR DESIGN CLASSES right here.

SEE YOU IN CLASS SOON!  Linda 🙂

 

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#2 – Tell your Design Story!

Our homes are an extension of who we are.

It was a toss up between which would be #1, and #2 is a very close contender in the TOP 10 of REASONS WHY YOU NEED TO BE JOINING US IN CLASS.  Our homes truly are an extension of ourselves and at our INTERIOR DESIGN CLASSES in May we’re going to show you how to TELL YOUR DESIGN STORY!

TICKET SALES CLOSE IN 3 DAYS!!

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When we welcome people into our homes we are welcoming them into our lives and they are getting a glimpse of who we are as people – especially the individual making most of the design choices for the home.

Now before we start dressing up our homes to look like the latest style trend – the Hamptons, Scandinavian, Mid-Century, French Provincial – we need to develop our own PERSONAL DESIGN STORY.  So don’t open the design mags or jump on HOUZZ just yet. Take a moment to get personal… real personal.  You’ll be amazed at what you find.

“STAY TRUE AND HONEST TO YOUR PERSONAL DESIGN STORY!”

Start with these questions to get you going on your personal design journey…

  1. What is your personal story?  Look back on your life and consider what’s really important to you that may have influenced your personal style.  Find old photos that capture special memories or find pics in magazines that convey your ideas.  Jot down key words.
  2. Go on a tour of your favourite local places – shops, cafes, galleries – and take along a notebook to capture your thoughts while you snap pics along the way.
  3. What are your keepsake treasures – from your travels, holidays, events, books you’ve read – what appeals to you that’s timeless and will always have a place in your heart. Take pics of the big items and gather together the small.
  4. Cut out images when you fall in love with the colour palettes.

Now bring these images and objects together to create a collage, snap a pic, and write a paragraph or two that sums up you as a person and your personal style.  This will be your foundation as you now begin to look at different design styles, and yes jump on HOUZZ!  But remember…

STAY TRUE AND HONEST TO YOUR PERSONAL DESIGN STORY!

We’ll show you how at our INTERIOR DESIGN CLASSES so click here!  Linda

#3 – Great Design Takes Time!

We’re at #3 in our TOP 10 REASONS WHY YOU NEED TO JOIN US IN CLASS – and it’s all about taking your time.  GREAT DESIGN IS A SLOW PROCESS and it’s all about getting to know your space and your style. In PART 1 – “DESIGN LIKE A PRO! we’ll learn how to analyse a room and in PART 2 – “STYLE LIKE A DIVA” we’ll learn how to develop a STYLE ALL OF YOUR OWN!

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Take your time. (Image Source:  George Marks)

“IT’S ALL ABOUT EXPERIMENTATION!”

After each class you’ll be taking home the principles you’ve learned and trying new things out…

  • analysing a room for circulation, function and natural light
  • identifying the good and bad elements of a space
  • understanding the function of a room
  • trying different furniture layouts with tape on the floor
  • testing colour samples on the walls and testing the effects of natural light
  • playing with a variety of fabrics and patterns
  • trying out different styling techniques as you craft the perfect vignette

It’s all about EXPERIMENTATION and finding out what works for you and your family, your personal style, and the big question – CAN I LOOK AT THIS, LIVE WITH THIS EVERY DAY FOR A LOOONG TIME  (just how long depends upon the scale & cost of your improvements).

So before you jump in and paint your living room walls a lively shade of Chartreuse green, take your time, experiment and ask yourself on DAY 30 – “do I still love this as much as I did on DAY 1?”

ONLY YOU HAVE THE “HOME ADVANTAGE” TO EXPERIMENT – MORNING, NOON AND NIGHT.  Learn more about our INTERIOR DESIGN CLASSES right here.  Linda

#4 – Let there be Light!

We’re getting closer to #1 as we count down the TOP 10 REASONS WHY YOU NEED TO JOIN US IN CLASS.  #4 is all about setting the mood with LIGHTING and you’ll learn the principles and some out of the box lighting solutions at our INTERIOR DESIGN CLASSES starting 9th of May.

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“Good lighting is like a layer of magic dust sprinkled over everything.”

Kelly Hoppen

Lighting can make or break a space.  It determines how we read colour.  Light and colour are inextricably linked.  The colour of an object is based upon how it reflects light.

In the past, your typical home had one incandescent globe in the middle of the ceiling to perform the basic function of lighting up a space just enough for us to avoid head on collisions.  Nothing more.

Today, we realise that lighting performs many functions – yes general lighting but also…

  • task lighting
  • accent lighting
  • feature lighting
  • mood lighting.

We have downlights for spot lighting, feature pendants over dining tables and island counters, task lighting over kitchen benches, lamps in cosy corners for reading and concealed lighting for halo effects.

You have the wonderful benefit of living in your home during both day and night hours and you get to experience how natural light from outdoors flows through your home, where are the dark spots in a room that would benefit from a table lamp and where do you perform the key functions that need some additional light shed with task lighting.

Homes function 24 hours and you are the only one who knows your home so intimately. Get to know your home – every little nook and cranny.  Linda

INTERIOR DESIGN CLASSES START 9th of MAY!  Learn more here!

#8 – Avoid Split Personalities!

In our TOP 10 REASONS WHY YOU NEED TO BE JOINING US IN CLASS we’ve reached #8 – AVOID SPLIT PERSONALITIES. At our INTERIOR DESIGN CLASSES we’ll be teaching you how to maintain a consistent style and story throughout your home.

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Spaces should flow (Image Source: French by Design Blog)

“Your home needs an overarching DESIGN STORY – THE CENTRAL PLOT…”

In PART 1-  “DESIGN LIKE A PRO” you’ll learn how to select a consistent palette of materials that flows throughout your home and connects all spaces.  In PART 2 – “STYLE LIKE A DIVA” you’ll learn how to achieve flow through your style – expressed in artwork, furniture, textiles and colour. You’ll learn how to create a Mood Board for every room in your home – as every room has a different function and purpose.  But be careful – DON’T CREATE TOO MANY PERSONALITIES.

Your home needs an overarching DESIGN STORY – THE CENTRAL PLOT, from which each room varies slightly with it’s own character and feel, but all are connected with common threads.

A colour scheme can tie a house together expressed in a variety of finishes and materials (see the image above) and the choice of flooring can be very effective in tying rooms together so one space flows to the next.

When you’re designing multiple rooms in your home, create your Mood Boards first and then lay them out next to each other.  Make sure they read together as ONE STRONG DESIGN STORY BUT WITH LAYERS OF DIVERSITY.

DON’T MISS OUT! Tickets are on sale right here.  Linda 🙂

#9 – Plan Ahead and Save $$

As we count down our TOP 10 REASONS WHY YOU NEED TO BE JOINING US IN CLASS this May, we come to #9 – PLAN AHEAD AND SAVE $$ – and plenty of them!

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“…each decision will affect the others and none should be made in isolation.”

In our INTERIOR DESIGN CLASSES we’ll be talking plenty about PLANNING WITH THE END IN MIND! There’s two ways we can plan ahead and save – 1. ESTABLISH A BUDGET EARLY ON AND STICK TO IT, and 2. MAKE EVERY DECISION IN CONTEXT!

I have many clients who come to me stressed out exhausted because their builder is bombarding them with questions and they’re making decisions on the run.

  • What floor tile are you using?
  • What finish are your cabinets going to be?
  • What colour are your cabinets going to be?
  • What type of stone do you want for your benchtop?

The questions never end and the builder wants your answers now!

The scary thing is each decision will affect the others and none should be made in isolation.  You need a BIG PICTURE … but you really needed it before you started the project.

So first things first… we’re going to teach you about BUDGETING AHEAD and getting a good understanding of what level of finish you can expect for your home based on that budget. Secondly, you’ll learn how to create that BIG PICTURE DESIGN CONCEPT so that when your builder asks the tough questions – YOU’RE READY!

Sign up for our INTERIOR DESIGN CLASSES here or follow this link www.placecrafting.com.au/design-classes.html– you’ll be so glad you did!

Hope to see you in May, Linda 🙂

TOP 10 REASONS WHY YOU NEED TO JOIN US!

PLACE CRAFT will once again be teaching INTERIOR DESIGN CLASSES in Guildford starting 9th of May and tickets are on sale NOW!  Learn more right here.

While you’re pondering whether you can afford the time and $$, and I can assure you both will be well spent, I’ll start counting down the  TOP 10 REASONS why you need to be at the design table with us. So get ready!

#10 – THE GOLDEN RULES

I’m kicking off with #10 – THE GOLDEN RULES! These are the fundamentals that will guide you in the planning, design and styling of your home. They are fail safe and once you learn them, you’ll never look at your home the same again!

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Design principles at work (Image Source:  Jennifer Robin Interiors)

“Use these DESIGN FUNDAMENTALS throughout your home and every space will make you smile…”

UNITY & HARMONY

We’ve already touched on this – your home needs to flow. Pick a colour and materials palette for your home with three or four key colours and textures, and then vary these only slightly as you move through your home. There should be one main story for your home.

BALANCE

Balance refers to the “weight” of a room and can occur either through the horizontal or vertical dimensions of a room. HORIZONTAL AND VERTICAL ELEMENTS SHOULD BALANCE EACH OTHER OUT. If you have very tall ceilings, balance this out with using lower height furniture. A low ceiling? Use vertical proportions for your art and floor lamps. The feature image demonstrates the perfect balance between a double height vertical space and the long horizontal island counter. Perfect!

CONTRAST

While your overall palette and choice of materials and furniture provides a consistent “backdrop” for your room, YOU NEED ELEMENTS OF CONTRAST TO AVOID THE ROOM BECOMING BLAH. Black or dark blue are always good colours to add depth to a neutral palette and create a strong base. Use these in repetition through the room to provide visual interest.

FOCAL POINT

Every room needs a WOW factor. Whether it’s a grand view through full height glazing to a wonderful garden beyond, an overscaled piece of artwork hanging over the fireplace, or a colouful hero fabric upholstered armchair – these are your hero elements and against a neutral backdrop THEY MAKE THE ROOM SING!

JOIN US IN CLASS AND YOU’LL LEARN THE OTHER FUNDAMENTALS – RHYTHM, DETAILS, PROPORTION & SCALE!

Use these DESIGN FUNDAMENTALS throughout your home and every space will make you smile – which is the most important achievement of all!  Linda

GRAB YOUR TICKETS RIGHT HERE AND LET’S MAKE YOUR HOME BEAUTIFUL!

Collect Your Thoughts First!

Last time I wrote, we were gearing up for INTERIOR DESIGN CLASSES. Then we postponed – too close to kids going back to school – but now we’re back on track! PART 1 – DESIGN LIKE A PRO starts February 28th with PART 2 – STYLE LIKE A DIVA starting 3 weeks later. Grab your tickets right here at www.placecrafting.com.au/design-classes.html

So today I want to talk to you about COLLECTING YOUR THOUGHTS. I can’t stress enough that before you start your building, renovating, decorating or styling project – do your research, find out what you love, and turn your thoughts into tangible images and objects. First on a MOOD BOARD, then a DESIGN BOARD (if building or renovating) and lastly a STYLING BOARD.

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MOOD BOARD EXAMPLE

A MOOD BOARD is exactly that – it’s imagery and objects that convey the “MOOD” of a space. A DESIGN (or finishes) BOARD shows off the actual finishes and materials that you’ll be fitting out the space with. A STYLING BOARD is the furnishings and accessories. Without these 2 or 3 steps – it’s very likely that your space will end up looking disjointed, unsettling and lacking in harmony.

As soon as new acquaintances learn that I’m an Interior Designer, most often the first thing they say is how frustrated they are at creating their own look and applying this to their home. They don’t know where to start, how to discover their own style and have no idea how to make the style of their home look coordinated and holistic.

I always say to them – do you collect pics of what you love, are you a “pinner” on Pinterest, do you have a design journal where you write down your ideas and stick your pics? Response: No.

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FINISHES BOARD EXAMPLE

I guarantee you that if you do your research, take some time out each week to collect your ideas, start paying attention to what you love and inspires you – YOU WILL DISCOVER YOUR STYLE! As for applying your style to your home, it’s time to learn the PRINCIPLES OF DESIGN – balance, contrast, proportion, texture, and so on.

This is why I teach Classes for homeowners. I LOVE making a difference in people’s lives and homes by educating and empowering them to find their own style and creativity!

Join me in Class and I’ll change the way you look at your home – FOREVER!  SIGN UP RIGHT HERE and let’s finally create the dream home you deserve.

Linda 🙂

BOHO HEAVEN!

So my little family and I have been making our way across the USA over the last 3 weeks. We’ve been experiencing nature in all it’s splendor – from the Sierra Nevadas, to the sunburnt canyons of Utah, to the lofty peaks of Colorado and then down south to the sprawling farmland of Texas.  It’s been an amazing trip!

But I have to say… I was in need of some retail therapy so when I arrived in Louisville, Kentucky I hit the malls and outlets. For the next few weeks I’ll be posting regularly the latest designs out of the USA as I make my way across to the East Coast.  Today I found myself in BOHO heaven!!  Indulging myself in Anthropologie, Pottery Barn, Arhaus and Z Gallery.  Enjoy this collage of nature and design – I hope it inspires you as Summer draws closer! Linda 🙂

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SPRING IS SPRUNG…and I’m feeling TERRACOTTA!

WOW!!  We finished up PLACE CRAFT’S maiden Interior Design Course early September and I’m still recovering.  It was 6 action packed weeks with 40 students across two classes. They were the most wonderful bunch of ladies and you can read their reviews right here .  If you’re interested email me to join the waiting list at linda@placecrafting.com.au. The next round of Classes will begin mid November 2016.

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SO.. I’m finally getting into the mood of Spring and lately I’ve been feeling very TERRACOTTA.  I’m also about to embark on a road trip across the South-West USA with stops in Arizona and New Mexico so I plan on hoarding clay treasures as I go!

As both a colour and material TERRACOTTA is showing up in a lot of the latest style forecasts and it’s perfect for warming things up after a cold winter (for those of us in the Southern hemisphere anyway).

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REAL LIVING MAG – OCTOBER 2016

It’s earthy, textured, natural and very versatile!  In dirty tones it performs well as a neutral backdrop or on the pink side can be very rosey and romantic.  It’s calming in an analogous colour scheme with mustard yellows and olive greens and vibrant in a complimentary scheme with turquoise, navy blues and even purple tones.

TERRACOTTA speaks to the outdoors and is great for indoor plant pots around the house.  It’s perfect with white chalk paint and when teamed with juicy succulents – screams boho desert style!

So enjoy these wonderful snapshots of TERRACOTTA inspiration for your home.  🙂  Linda